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Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping School Yards, Gardens and Playgrounds Hardcover – 1 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071459359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071459358
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,919,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fun, safe, innovative, educational, and sustainable outdoor landscapes for children

There may be no more potent learning environment for a child than a garden. In caring for a garden, children gain skills in patience, perseverance, discipline, and hard work which can last a lifetime. And of course -- there's no end to kids' fun in the outdoors!

For those who want to offer children the learning and growing experiences possible in planned outdoor environments, there is no better ally than this book. Designing Outdoor Environments for Children is a complete, practical toolkit for planning, designing, installing, and maintaining sustainable children's landscapes and play yards. This expert guide can enrich and improve every aspect of the experience, from launching the idea to obtaining funding, from ecological planning to involving children as participants. Inside, look for in-depth help with:

  • Creating a sustainable project
  • Conserving water and managing water quality
  • Deciding what to plant, how to plant it, and how to keep it growing
  • Conserving trees
  • Controlling erosion
  • Preserving wildlife
  • Creating an environment where children learn through doing

Inside -- fully illustrated case studies, from idea to planning, to building, to ribbon cutting.

  • Storybook courtyard
  • Music garden
  • Barnyard setting
  • Nature trails
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Memorial gardens
  • Vegetable and fruit gardens
  • More

About the Author

Lolly Tai, Ph.D., RLA, FASLA is chair and professor of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at Temple University, and a practicing landscape architect with more than 25 years' experience. Dr. Tai's work focuses on the influence of the environment on landscape design. She is the coauthor and contributing writer of Landscape Design for Energy Efficiency, Tree Conservation and Home Site Development Guide, and Service Learning Across the Curriculum: Case Studies. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a recipient of the 2004 Bradford Williams Medal for Meritorious Writing in Landscape Architecture Magazine and a recipient of the 2005 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award of Distinction in Teaching.

Mary Taylor Haque, RLA, ASLA is a registered landscape architect and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Horticulture at Clemson University. Utilizing a service learning model, she and her students and colleagues have partnered with USDA, the Sustainable Universities Initiative, and community partners to design children's gardens across the state of South Carolina. A primary focus area of her research and outreach has been sustainable schoolyard habitats for K-12 schools. These outdoor classrooms incorporate design principles centered on sustainability and resource management as well as usefulness as a learning and play environment for children. She is a 2005 John Glenn Scholar in Service Learning and a recipient of the American Society for Horticulture Science Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award.

Gina K . McLellan, Ph.D., has been a professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at Clemson University for 25 years with a teaching focus on recreation and leisure environments and natural resource management. She has also directed the U.S. Forest Service's national recreation management training program throughout her tenure at Clemson. She and her students, through service learning projects, have spent the past ten years working to design and develop creative, quality outdoor environments for children which help those children to develop respect for the outdoors, enhance their learning, and improve socialization through play. Her work with children's outdoor environments has led to numerous awards and to serving as an advisor to others developing children’s environments. She plans to continue researching and advocating environment-based education for schools around the country as a means of enhancing learning and environmental protection.

Erin Jordan Knight is director of natural resource protection at Upstate Forever, an organization that promotes sensible growth and protects special places in the upstate region of South Carolina. Her work includes providing and protecting the power and joy of nature for all children, and her public landscape designs include the Children's Garden at Linky Stone Park in Greenville, SC and the neighborhood park at Sliding Rock Creek, both community projects led by Leadership Greenville. Ms. Knight graduated Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Clemson University in 2001 with a degree in landscape architecture. She was awarded the Certificate of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the highest award given to a student landscape architect.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By outinallweathers on 5 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The hype for this book describes it as "a complete, practical toolkit for planning, designing, installing, and maintaining sustainable children's landscapes and play yards". I'm afraid it is not! It is a substantial book of case studies, detailing gardens which have been built (in America), complete with landscape drawings and black and white photos (colour would have been nicer). There is too much information on who the design team were, and absolutely no information on costings, installing, planting plans or maintaining. If you want a book with large-scale park/garden ideas - and the gardens in this book are huge - then this might be useful to you. If you are after a book with child-friendly ideas, practical down to earth plans and how-to-do-it guides and lists, then you can do much much better than this!
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A Revolution in Play 9 April 2007
By R. Kuper - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Designing Outdoor Environments for Children" is a thorough investigation of how spaces for children aid in the development of necessary motor skills, intellectual and imaginative stimulation, and an early exposure to nature that will foster lifelong appreciation. No topic is untouched - history, design process, sustainability, case studies, and fundraising are all included. Not only is the text written in a clear, concise manner with many insightful images, but the text also provides the seeds with which a revolution in children's play will occur, hopefully soon. Designers, parents, principals, and teachers should all read, and will undoubtedly benefit from the unique concepts presented here. The environments for our children can become more inspirational, more nurturing, and should be made over; the authors tell you why and show you how.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource 22 Jan. 2007
By John Paul Carman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have found 'Designing Outdoor Environments for Children' to be an excellent addition to my library. I will include this publication as a part of the 'Introduction to Horticultural Therapy' class I am teaching. It will be very useful in helping students understand the essential role outdoor environments can play in teaching children about nature. The book is also an excellent resource in my own work designing residences and school playgrounds. Children, more than ever, need to reconnect with nature. The need to strengthen our interaction with nature cannot be overstressed today!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Jury Comments: 2007 Professional Awards Program 18 Oct. 2007
By Adam Supplee, Eastern Section Chair, PA/DE ASLA - Published on
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2007 PA/DE Chapter ASLA President's Award Winner
Jury Comments:
The book is wonderfully illustrated and chock full of very useful information. This will be a great tool in the training and knowledge of a landscape architect in a very practical manner--good for every day use.
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Designing Outdoor Environments for Children: Landscaping School Yards, Gardens and Playgrounds 27 Feb. 2011
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I absolutely love this book, it is filled with beautiful examples of unique spaces that you can make to engage and educate children about nature.
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A Must-Read for Anyone Interested in Children's Outdoor Environments 10 Feb. 2014
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Designing Outdoor Environments for Children is a must read for anyone interested in creating stimulating outdoor environments for children. This book provides a thorough explanation of how children's outdoor environments should be designed to meet the many different needs of today’s nature-deprived children. Also, the case studies on children’s gardens in this book provide concrete examples of how to put these concepts into practice. I recently completed my PhD in science education. My dissertation research focused on science learning in children’s gardens. I was completely lost in my research until I found this book. It provided the research and concepts that I needed to guide my dissertation research. There isn't another book available that covers children's outdoor environments as thoroughly as Designing Outdoor Environments for Children.
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